"Hey everyone! Today I'm back to continue with the giving theme and show you how to make a gift that'll please any gal in your life. I'm talking family, friends, teachers, babysitters - anyone who needs just a little something to remind them that you care. So what is this most excellent gift?
Glass (or acrylic) Tile Pendants!
They're so fun and easy to make (maybe a little addicting too since I made four) and here is how you do it!
First you'll need to round up some supplies. If you can find clear glass tiles (these are are 3/4"-1"), great! Grab those along with some Diamond Glaze, jewelry bails, and E-6000. If you can't find clear glass tiles, Tim Holtz makes acrylic tiles called "Fragments" that work perfectly. Grab those along with some Glossy Accents, jewelry bails, and E-6000. These are the products that I've used and tested but you may have some others on hand that would work.
Now for the fun part. Rifle through your stash and find some patterned paper and rub-ons that you love. All of my pendants were made with paper from Sassafras Lass and rub-ons from American Crafts.
1. Cut your paper down to the tile size.
2. Apply the rub-on to the patterned paper. Apply either the glossy accents or diamond glaze to one side of the tile and place it onto the patterned side of the paper piece.
3. Trim the excess paper from the edges and place the tile face down. Apply either glossy accents or diamond glaze to the back of the tile to help seal the piece.
4. Allow that to dry and then use the E-6000 adhesive to attach the bail.
Now that you have a completed pendant (or four in my case), they're ready for giving! Or are they?
While I love the pendants, I wanted to take it a step further and make it even easier to give them as a gift so I made these cards.
This is a basic 5X5 card with a big hole in the front. Inside is a little pouch holding the rest of the chain for the necklace.
The card doesn't have to be a complex design. This one is 4X6 with some paper strips down the center and two holes cut out for the pendant to show through.
Lastly I made this card to showcase the flower pendant on a leather cord.
Notice the fourth design wasn't incorporated into a card design because I decided to keep that one for myself!
I hope you enjoyed the projects today and decide to make a few of them for yourself! It's always good to have a few little gifts tucked away, just in case! Have fun!" ~ Marla
Thank you Marla for some fabulous gift ideas! And what a great idea to put them in a card! Ok SCT friends, don't ever say we haven't given you some really good ideas. I have just added these to my list of great gifts to make for the holidays this weekend so if any of my friends are reading this...sorry!
Before I let you go, if you are in or around Toronto and looking for some classes, our design team member Lisa Kisch has just launched a private studio for education and inspiration. You can find all the details here! Have a great day!